This Sunday, June 10, the public is invited to the Batavia VA Medical Center for a special ceremony to honor the American flag.
The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. honoring those service men and women who have fought to protect that flag and our country.
There will be a motorcycle procession, Special Presentation of Colors, and a special thank you from the Batavia Middle School to honor Mr. Leo Pelton (98 years young) for his service in World War II.
"Let's Ride" -- motorcyclists carrying the names of our fallen warriors listed on Batavia's memorial wall -- will gather at Stan's Harley-Davidson, 4425 Saile Drive, Batavia, at 11:30 a.m. for the noon memorial ride to the Batavia VA Medical Center. They will present those names to the veterans in the hospital to let them know they are not forgotten and present a new American flag on their behalf to the hospital.
Essays will be read by the student winners from BMS who won the essay contest on “What the American Flag Means to Me.“
St. Joseph’s of Batavia Brass Ensemble will perform its patriotic/military set for the VA patients and the general public.
It promises to be a great afternoon! Come on out and be part of this special celebration. Help us make this a very special Thank You to our veterans and service people!
The Batavia VA Medical Center is located at 222 Richmond Ave. in the City of Batavia.
Next week is National Flag Week. Flag Day is Thursday, June 14. The National Flag Day Foundation holds an annual observance for Flag Day on the second Sunday in June, which includes a ceremonial raising of the national flag, the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the National Anthem, a parade and other patriotic events.